Your Short Film’s Script
No matter how great your story is, it will always need a good script to boost its quality. Because, while you might be very good in writing a narrative out of your story, but if you don’t have the skills in turning it into some juicy, exciting dialogue, then it won’t be worth much. Remember that you’re not here to join a storytelling contest. You are joining a short film festival, and in short films, the script is very important.
Website visitors look for something special about a website, apart from the basics such as the website’s capacity to be user-friendly. Judges in a short film festival, on the other hand, will most likely look for a good script, too, among the many other things that they’ll use to evaluate the films. So, here are a few things to remember about making good scripts.
Tips for Writing Scripts
CAPTION: How do you create good scripts?
First of all, if you consult any tech blog on script-writing, you’ll find that one requirement is to make a good outline of your story. One thing that you can use for this is the storyboard. So what are these things? Storyboards are typically used to help you get a sense of what shots you’ll need to film later in the process, and to get a comic book-style visual theme for the film down as you’re writing. Briefly sketch out what will happen physically in the story and the basic dialog.
Once the story outline is done, you can now proceed to formal scriptwriting. Here’s another point to remember: since film is a visual work of art, it’s more important to ensure that the story is implied rather than always made explicit in dialogue. Apart from the dialogue, this is also the part where you place your stage directions. Try to make it as specific as possible, so someone else would be able to film it and see it as you see it.
Another important reminder for any filmmaker: allow yourself to be surprised. You probably have some idea of where you want your story to go, but do try to save room for surprising yourself as you actually do the writing. As you’re writing, try to take it in a direction that you’re not sure of. Some people call these surprises as ‘happy accidents’.